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What I learned on secondment to regional devolved government

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One of my favourite features of the statistical fast stream is the opportunity for a six-month secondment outside the Civil Service. My recent experience in the West of England Combined Authority exposed me to local government, policy development, and a whole new range of colleagues. While there I built my experience in policy, learned how […]

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A number on its own without context is not useful

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A number on its own without context is not useful. Without an understanding of what it is measuring it can’t be used in a meaningful way.  Add context by describing what it measures and that data point may become useful for answering a specific thing. Include it in a table with other numbers, and the […]

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What is the value of our statistics?

We now live in a world awash with data and people can look up almost anything they want. But what gives “official” data its unique competitive edge? The data we produce at Office for National Statistics (ONS) is underpinned by the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the UK’s Code of Practice for Statistics. This […]

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It’s a kind of magic…

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project will do some amazing things to bring data together from across the GSS. But the project doesn’t have magical fairies that sprinkle Python dust over all the spreadsheets to transform them into Tidy Data. To take our existing outputs and make them 5* Linked Open Data takes a […]

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Don’t Stop Believin’

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS), GSS Data project in old money, has started its new ‘Journey’ this month and we wanted to update on what has happened and what we are doing over the next few months. We fought hard over the Summer to ensure the project continues and, although it was tough we’ve […]

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Celebrating success at the GSS awards 2019

The awards ceremony for the first annual GSS awards took place at the GSS conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday 1 October. Presented by Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell, the awards celebrated the excellent work being done across the GSS. This was the first GSS conference held in Scotland and to celebrate attendees were led into […]

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How we listened to users to improve housing and planning statistics

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Housing statistics are central to government and are developed across many government departments as well as the devolved administrations. The statistics are used for developing policy on topics such as social housing stock, homelessness and housebuilding. They are very important and have far reaching impacts. In 2017, the Office for Statistics Regulation published a cross-government […]

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Quality Street

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Does anyone like coffee creams? I for one didn’t shed a tear when they were banished from the selection a few years ago, but the existence of a ‘bring back the coffee cream’ Facebook group suggests that they did have a small but loyal fan base. Could it just be that it’s a matter of […]

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